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  • Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dr...

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. C...

    Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dreams of Manchester United move

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. Chelsea and United have both been touted as having an interest in him and he admitted he had been flattered by the Premier League sides, though his team-mate Alejandro Gomez believes the Ivory Coast international is on his way to Roma. Kessie, though, says he knows nothing of a move to the capital unfolding and admitted that he would love to end up at Old Trafford. “I did not hear any rumours around Roma, as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and so focused only on playing,” the 20-year-old told Tuttomercatoweb. “I like the Premier League and in particular Manchester United, the club I dream of playing for. “Chelsea? That is also a big club, nobody would turn them down, but I dream of United.” Kessie is contracted to Atalanta until 2021 and has scored seven goals in 21 games in all competitions this term.

  • Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depe...

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January...

    Deulofeu loves AC Milan but future 'depends on Barcelona'

    Gerard Deulofeu has been surprised by his brilliant start to life at AC Milan but Barcelona will determine whether he stays there permanently, his agent says. Why you must embrace Pep's Man City The winger joined Milan on loan from Everton until the end of the season in January and he scored his first goal for the club in last week's 2-1 win over Fiorentina, capping a fine start to his Serie A career. Deulofeu, 22, has immediately settled with Vincenzo Montella's side, but it is Barca – who maintain an option to buy the player from Everton as part of his 2015 Camp Nou exit – who will determine his long-term future in Italy. "So far nobody from Barcelona has contacted us, but clearly his future does depend on what they want because they do have this option," Gines Carvajal, Deulofeu's representative, told Calciomercato. "His partner is staying in Barcelona - she is pregnant and can't really travel at the moment, so their daughter will be born in Barcelona. Griezmann becomes Atletico's all-time leading scorer in Europe "But I wouldn't be so sure that [re-joining Barcelona] is going to happen.  "Right now Barcelona have other things to think about. They need to get back on their feet in LaLiga and overturn the 4-0 Champions League defeat to PSG. "Deulofeu is very happy to be at Milan, so I certainly wouldn't rule out him pushing to remain here after the loan spell. "We often speak and he seems almost surprised at how well he has settled in at Milan. The squad welcomed him, he likes the city, the club infrastructure and the fans. "I was certain of Gerard's quality as he is a great player, but I did not expect him to have such a good start at Milan. "It took a long time for him to arrive, but the determination of Rocco Maiorino, president Silvio Berlusconi and Adriano Galliani had a decisive role.  "Vincenzo Montella really wanted him and it was the right choice to make. Gerard immediately felt the confidence of him and that is fundamental to doing well."  

  • Chinese Super League club confirms appro...

    Tianjin Quanjian manager Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed that he held talks over a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, while he is also keen on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic. Tabloid reports on Wednesday have suggested England captain Ro...

    Chinese Super League club confirms approach for Rooney and bid for Aubameyang

    Tianjin Quanjian manager Fabio Cannavaro has confirmed that he held talks over a move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, while he is also keen on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic. Tabloid reports on Wednesday have suggested England captain Rooney is now keen to leave Old Trafford after over 12 years at the club. RUMOURS: Rooney to quit Man Utd The United striker, who has struggled for regular first-team minutes this season despite breaking the club's goalscoring record in January, has apparently been offered £35 million per year to move to China. And Cannavaro has revealed that Tianjin Quanjian had a "chat" over a move for Rooney, but insists that Aubameyang, who the club apparently made a bid for, and Kalinic are higher priorities. The World Cup winner told Tianjin TV: “We did make an approach for Rooney, but it was just chit-chat because he simply doesn’t suit our style of play. “No further discussion was necessary. The truth is we had more frequent contact with Aubameyang. "Unfortunately, our bid was rejected by Borussia Dortmund who said he was needed in this season’s Champions League. “Our prime target is still Kalinic but it’s quite difficult for his club to let him leave at the moment. Martial: I love Manchester United "Under such circumstances, we are caught in a dilemma. I need to communicate with our managing director.” Dortmund sensation Aubameyang has long been linked with a switch to Real Madrid, while Kalinic has previously revealed that he rejected a move to China, insisting that he doesn't feel he's worth his €50m release clause. Cannavaro's side have ample time to recruit players with the transfer window in China not closing until Tuesday, while the new Super League season gets underway on March 3.

  • Lippi backs Allegri for Juventus stay

    Former Juventus head coach Marcello Lippi has backed Massimiliano Allegri to remain in charge of the Serie A champions, despite speculation regarding his future. Allegri's bust-ups with Juve stars Allegri has clashed with a number of his own players in recent weeks, while he ha...

    Lippi backs Allegri for Juventus stay

    Former Juventus head coach Marcello Lippi has backed Massimiliano Allegri to remain in charge of the Serie A champions, despite speculation regarding his future. Allegri's bust-ups with Juve stars Allegri has clashed with a number of his own players in recent weeks, while he has also been linked to the Arsenal manager's job as Arsene Wenger's potential successor.  But Lippi, who has twice managed Juve, expects Allegri to stay in Italy and does not believe the former AC Milan boss is suffering from the same "burnout" he experienced at Guangzhou Evergrande. "Will [Allegri] be burnt out like I was in China?" Lippi said to Gazzetta dello Sport. "No, my problem was how far away I was from home - 10,000 kilometres. Three years don't necessarily lead to burnout. "If Max had the perception that he wasn't welcome then he wouldn't say, but I think that's the furthest thing from his and Juve's thoughts at the moment. "For now, they're just thinking about [winning a] sixth Scudetto, which would make them legends, and [winning] the Champions League, which is feasible." And Lippi insists that Allegri's confrontations with Leonardo Bonucci, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Paulo Dybala are not cause for concern. "These things aren't problems," he added. "[They are] just a strong signal of personality from players who want to be protagonists. "Not to mention that, historically, at Juventus, certain attitudes are poorly tolerated by the club and the veterans. Cup king Perez deserves a run "Moments of tension are inevitable, but the players respect their coach and apologised, which shows they know they made a mistake." Juventus are currently seven points clear of Roma at the top of Serie A, while they face Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

  • Dybala reads the game like one of the gr...

    Gonzalo Higuain has tipped Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala to become one of the best players in the world. The Argentine has a lot of hype to live up to after his impressive performances led to a big move to Juventus. Dybala, 23, scored 19 Serie A goals in his first season at t...

    Dybala reads the game like one of the greats - Higuain

    Gonzalo Higuain has tipped Juventus team-mate Paulo Dybala to become one of the best players in the world. The Argentine has a lot of hype to live up to after his impressive performances led to a big move to Juventus. Dybala, 23, scored 19 Serie A goals in his first season at the Turin side and has seven in 18 in the competition this term. Higuain, who joined Juve ahead of the current campaign from Napoli for a fee of €90 million, is enoying featuring beside his compatriot and hailed him as a special player. "He can read the game very well," Higuain told La Stampa. "In fact, he sees football just like the greats do, even though he is very young. "I hate comparisons, so I will say that Dybala must become Dybala. He has the potential to be among the best in the world. But you have to leave him alone." Higuain has scored 22 goals in 33 games in all competitions already for the Bianconeri and he is amazed by the mentality that surrounds the club. "Winning is not important, it is the only thing that matters: it is not a little phrase, but the clearest example of the essence of this team," he added.  "Playing at the Juventus Stadium is spectacular. Before entering the field of view photos of Platini, Baggio, Zidane, Del Piero and you say: 'in the same shirt, can I not give my best?' "At 29 I have found mental tranquility in my life, both in work and outside of it. I am playing in a team that will fight for the Champions League and I have found a beautiful city, where I love to wander." Juve visit Porto in the first-leg of their Champions League second round on Wednesday. They currently sit seven points clear at the top of the table.

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